I REMEMBER how nervous I was attending my first anti-Covid-lockdown protest.
It was early autumn 2020. A friend had invited me to the demonstration in Hyde Park as her brother, a statistician and data scientist, had crunched the numbers and figured out the Government was lying to us. He stood on a stump and made a speech with a megaphone, followed by others, mostly mavericks of the medical community. The only media types in attendance were rogue journalists shunned by mainstream media outlets who appeared to be starting their own. No one famous had joined the movement yet and the hashtag ‘Together’ was but a speck in someone’s far-off imagination.
Two years on, the Establishment whispers begin about a ‘Covid Amnesty’. An article published last week by Emily Oster for the Atlantic makes a pathetic appeal that ‘we didn’t know’, ‘most errors were made by people who were working in earnest for the good of society’. She seems to think we will all just forget about the untold devastation caused by pro-lockdown and pro-vax groups terrorising us on the basis of avoiding conversations which may be ‘heated, unpleasant and, ultimately, unproductive’.
I wonder whether Oster would like to meet one of my friends whose mother died of cancer during the lockdowns because she was too afraid to go to the hospital. Or would she like to speak to another friend’s boss, still in his mid-thirties, who has to face the rest of his life with irreparable heart damage from a dose of Covid vaccine. These are only a couple of examples of the many, many people whose lives will never be the same from the destruction owing to what Ms Oster excuses that ‘we didn’t know’.
Dan Wootton addressed the piece on GB News recently in a panel discussion and asked his guests if they would ever forgive or forget the terrorisation, deception and cruelty that destroyed so many lives. Every one of them said they would not.
Anyone who regularly reads TCW will have understood the breadth and severity of the damage to which Oster is asking us to turn a blind eye. Whilst she thinks this should just be passed off as an unavoidable by-product of institutional and societal ignorance, what I can’t quite grasp is what she thinks that conciliatory wink in the name of keeping a warped ‘peace’ is meant to achieve.
There is a Latin maxim all first-year criminal law students learn, ignorantia juris non excusat. It means ignorance is not a justifiable excuse for breaking the law.
Even if, as Oster maintains, decisions to incarcerate people in quarantine camps, close beaches and schools, or the police arrests for drinking coffee in the park, the refusal of dignity for the dying (not to mention a proper burial and funeral service); or the barrage of hateful propaganda spewed to demonise the unvaccinated, were all the result of decisions made with the best of intentions on insufficient data, even if she thinks we could ‘build back and move forward’, we should not in any event do so.
Because what Oster is really asking us to do is to ignore the boot stamping of her ilk on the necks of those she believes are lesser humans. Those who were able to work comfortably from home, who spouted the new religion of ‘getting vaccinated to protect others’ along with the ‘self-righteous cabal’ who set the agenda, have lost all credibility.
We stand on a precipice of history where events are moving at such an increasing speed towards a future led by artificial intelligence that at some point humanity will not be able to return to its former state.
A leap into the AI cavern seems inevitable from our current trajectory and according to renowned computer scientist Ray Kurzweil it will happen by 2045 at the latest. He claims that is the year of ‘Singularity’, which means technology will have become so powerful that humans can no longer control the robots. Current innovations in the field will converge to a point where machine learning reaches ‘superintelligence’ and we will have no choice but to merge with robots or ‘collaborate’ as we face the possibility of extinction.
In essence, the type of fear-mongering used to coerce Covid compliance that Oster and her type leveraged will be brought out to ensure such collaboration. The batons used to nudge will be less blunt next time, once digital currencies or CBDCs are put systematically in place to control everything you buy and where you go. You can read about that plan on the Bank of England’s website.
Those who remember the last two years and did not succumb to the threats or intimidation will be able to resist the pressure to conform to a new AI hellscape.
We must not forgive, nor forget.